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GLAAD Strikes Out on Kagan

By on 5.12.10 | 3:42PM

Politico reports the gay community, specifically the National Stonewall Democrats and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), is furious with the Wall Street Journal. Why? Because they published a front page photo of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan playing…softball. Which is, who'da thunk…a gay slur of some sort.

Softball is gay? A woman playing softball is gay? Oh man!

Not to put too fine a point on this, but one of the rites of spring in Washington is softball. Most Senate and House offices, Cabinet departments, and so on have softball teams composed of the men and women of their staffs. On any given spring or early summer night in Washington, softball games stretch as far as the eye can see on the Mall. Having participated in this ritual for several years I can say it is as normal as -- well -- having a beer at a ballgame. It is very competitive, lots of fun, and for that time period the most important person in the office is not the boss but the person who is charged with booking a field and the best hitter.

Women play. All the time. And have for years. There is nothing the least abnormal in the sight, and the notion that a photo of Kagan doing this is somehow an anti-gay slur is somewhere just this side of nuts.

But an important conversation stopper if the real point is to stop a serious discussion of the beliefs she will bring to the Supreme Court.

It's also an interesting look -- yet again -- into the psyche of those who believe in judging others by race or gender. Maybe GLAAD has something against lesbians? Which, by the way, the White House says the nominee is not. Who cares? What's in her head? Now that's important…and in this case what's there is decidedly not good, beginning with that basic of free speech, which she wants to limit.

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